Category: web 2.0


Interesting political event. The idea that a state would give up licensing fees in order to stay out of social issues, specifically who can marry who and for what price…

To my knowledge, HB 569 is the first bill ever drafted and introduced in a legislature that would abolish government marriage licensing. The bill is the brainchild of libertarian Republican members of the New Hampshire state house. Currently, New Hampshire has same-sex marriage, but with the current Republican supermajority in both houses of the legislature, that policy is in serious jeopardy. The libertarian position on marriage is that it is a … Read More

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Why Web Developers Should Switch to Google Chrome – Nettuts+.

This is a great research piece and explains a great deal about what Google engineers have done with WebKit. It also lists some cool developer tool plugins for Chrome that Im sure I can find a use for.

CSS3 + Progressive Enhancement = Smart Design • Perishable Press.

2020 Vision: Why you wont recognize the Net in 10 years – Network World.

YouTube – The Machine is Us/ing Us Final Version.

“We have to rethink Everything”

Google Releases API for Cool Visualization of Data Mashups from Many Sources.

This is extremely cool and it reminds me of stuff mentioned on Star Trek. The ability to manage datasets that are huge and apply them to easy to read graphs is a huge boon for research and understanding. Enabling researchers access to tools like this make their lives easier because they dont have to have computer science degrees to make use of data from censuses or anything else, they simply plug in the spreadsheet of the relevant data and viola they have usable data.

HTTP Headers for Dummies | EDESIGNERZ.NET | Http, Browser, Headers, Header, Request.

If you ever wanted to know how HTTP works and what all happens between your browser client and the server you are contacting this is the article to read. Its fairly straightforward, although a bit dry in the middle.

Dress Up Your WordPress Theme In Under 5 Minutes Using jQuery – woorkup.com.

I’ve listed 50 iPhone apps for all you web designers and developers which covers everything from color scheme creators and font manuals to FTP and SSH clients. Also keep in mind there are many more of the same type of app.

via 50 Helpful iPhone Apps for Web Designers and Developers | EDESIGNERZ.NET | Price, Itunes, Download, Developer, Iphone.

Everyone has been going on about how we should use CSS3 more and all of the possibilities and flexibility that come with it, but that we should still consider IE6 and other troubling browsers.

via How To Support Internet Explorer and Still Be Cutting Edge – Smashing Magazine.

Because I will not shut up about CSS3, this time I’ve decided to show you a little bit of the multi-column layout module. This module allows you to layout the content of an element in multiple columns, like flowing text on a newspaper-type layout.

via Web Designer Notebook » Remembering: The CSS3 Multi-Column Layout Module.

Custom CSS, Keep it or Lose it? « SexyBookmarks.

This plugin for WordPress is very cool, it has all the links the major social bookmarking and sites so that a user doesnt have to have a bookmarklet in their menu bar, all kinds of animated goodness.

Glossary | HTML5 Doctor

Glossary | HTML5 Doctor.

Adhering to standards and using public tools is incredibly important in that doing so allows for tools and information to evolve beyond its original vision or use. I have previously posted many links from top design sites that espouse the importance of this behavior and also lots of howtos and walkthroughs.

https://lordouroborus.wordpress.com/2009/11/22/34-cheat-sheets-for-web-designers-and-developers-web-and-designers-complete-resource-platform-for-web-designers-and-developers/

https://lordouroborus.wordpress.com/2009/11/21/zen-coding-a-speedy-way-to-write-htmlcss-code-smashing-magazine/

https://lordouroborus.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/poster-what-beautiful-html5-looks-like/

https://lordouroborus.wordpress.com/2009/10/26/great-web-design-resource-site/

https://lordouroborus.wordpress.com/2009/10/24/the-ultimate-guide-to-creating-a-design-and-converting-it-to-html-and-css/

The other great thing about using standards is that you can stand on the shoulders of giants. Not having to reinvent the wheel gives designers and creatives the time to invent new things and ideas. Work smarter, not harder. Dont we have enough to worry about and battle with daily without having to increase our stress and frustration?

With more than 7000+ plugins, WordPress is the most extendable Content Management System available; in fact, “WordPress is infinitely extensible” as Matt Mullenweg says. In this post, well examine twenty-one really useful plugins to take your blog to the next level.

via 20+ Brand New and Incredibly Useful WordPress Plugins – Nettuts+.

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Labs/Ubiquity/Latest_Ubiquity_User_Tutorial

“Ubiquity is an experimental Firefox extension that gives you a powerful new way to interact with the Web. Ubiquity commands can do nearly anything. Ubiquity comes with a set of commands that make common Web tasks faster and easier. In this tutorial we’ll teach you how to use some of them. By the end of this tutorial you’ll be able to perform quick Wikipedia, Google, definition, and Yelp searches; add maps to your email; and translate a snippet of a web page, highlight a word, and then email it to a friend.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/sep/29/cloud.computing.richard.stallman

Richard Stallman is a heavyweight in the opensource/privacy movement and he advocates keeping files private and local versus the cloud as he fears that once users are locked into cloud services and storage they will be charged highway robbery prices to use, and even more if they want to extract their data.

http://radar.oreilly.com/2008/10/web-20-and-cloud-computing.html

This article discusses the different types of cloud computing among the different providers, namely Microsofts “software as a service” model, or Amazons “Utility Computing”, or Google’s “user end applications” model.

http://opencloudmanifesto.org/

This is merely an interest group that is gathering support to keep cloud computing open. Having open formats mean that data can easily be transferred to other services if need be or if a company goes out of business the customers can move their data without having to pay someone to convert the data to a new format.

http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/aug2008/tc2008082_445669.htm

This article  talks about how some companies that have moved to cloud  services are saving  money and time  by letting services like Amazons S3 handle their data and services. Despite occasional downtimes it has been worthwhile for these companies to remotely manage their data and services and let Amazon or whoever manage the hardware.

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/07_52/b4064048925836.htm

This article describes Googles Cloud initiative which encourages young engineers to begin thinking about global information crunching and massive scale computing instead of small networks like a college computer network. The University of Washington has a course called Google 101 which teaches students to think in the grand scale to see a bigger picture and to start work on services that utilize the power of distributed processing and information stored on servers all over the globe.

In this post we present a new speedy way of writing HTML code using CSS-like selector syntax — a handy set of tools for high-speed HTML and CSS coding. It was developed by our author Sergey Chikuyonok and released for Smashing Magazine and its readers.How much time do you spend writing HTML code: all of those tags, attributes, quotes, braces, etc. You have it easier if your editor of choice has code-completion capabilities, but you still do a lot of typing.We had the same problem in JavaScript world when we wanted to access a specific element on a Web page. We had to write a lot of code, which became really hard to support and reuse. And then JavaScript frameworks came along, which introduced CSS selector engines. Now, you can use simple CSS expressions to access DOM elements, which is pretty cool.

via Zen Coding: A Speedy Way To Write HTML/CSS Code – Smashing Magazine.

HP Labs has joined the race to build an infrastructure for the emerging Internet of Things. The giant computing and IT services company has announced a project that aims to be a “Central Nervous System for the Earth” CeNSE. Its a research and development program to build a planetwide sensing network, using billions of “tiny, cheap, tough and exquisitely sensitive detectors.”

via A Central Nervous System for Earth: HPs Ambitious Sensor Network.

Since we first announced captions in Google Video and YouTube, weve introduced multiple caption tracks, improved search functionality and even automatic translation. Each of these features has had great personal significance to me, not only because I helped to design them, but also because Im deaf. Today, Im in Washington, D.C. to announce what I consider the most important and exciting milestone yet: machine-generated automatic captions.

via Official Google Blog: Automatic captions in YouTube.